The Problem of Morality (Sitten) in the Light of Slavonic Languages
KeywordsImmanuel Kant, morality, ethics, history of philosophy, the problems of translation of philosophical texts
The article is an attempt to answer the frequently formulated question: Is there a difference between the notions of Moral and Sitte? The most common answer is: these notions were used synonymously by Kant, so expressing the difference between them – if it were to be emhasized – is difficult for translators of Kant’s works. Some important intuitions about how to express the nuances of Kantian terminology in Polish can be found in the letters of Christopher Celestine Mrongowius, a Polish student of Kant, translator, writer and the author of famous collections of notes on morality made during Kant’s lectures.
Kant I. Nachschrift zu Mielckes Littauisch-deutschem Wörterbuch. Immanuel Kants Werke, Bd. VIII, Berlin 1922.
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